Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze | Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for all vintages of the Oude Geuze, but not for bottles specifically labelled "Oude Geuze Vintage".

Added by rastaman on 09-27-2002

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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Do you remember when you first discovered "real" beer? When you found yourself on a quest for the "Elizabethan ideal" of beer - found yourself believing there was some sort of perfect "ur-beer" that was the embodiment of all that is good about beer? As time went by you lost that dream and decided that perfection was unobtainable and that, instead, it was about the journey?

Well... shockingly it turns out that this was not an unrealistic romantic dream. There is perfection - and this beer proves the dream to be attainable.

Popping the cork results in a loud, champagne-like "pop" and whisps of smoky mist. Before you can even pour this beauty you are assaulted by the aroma. I'd say "horse blanket" but it's more like "sheep" than "horse." Pungent, ripe and astringent notes riding on a bed of fruit. Pouring the beer results in dense streamers of "tiny bubbles" (grin) rising from all sides of the glass and building a perfect, frothing white pillow of a head.

Upon pouring you discover those initial aromas were just a subtle hint of what was in store. Astonishingly powerful nose - this is not an "apologetic" Lambic. This is not a "dumbed down" Geuze.The acidic fruit tartness goes beyond merely bright and becomes almost abrasive in the nose. Pungent barnyard aromas of ripe cheese and funk swim in the astringent fruits - Wow!!

And then you sip... Lights shine from the heavens, a smile breaks out on your face, you look at the bottle, at the amount remaining, at your companions... perhaps you could kill one of them and take their share. Initial citric straw flavours with an underpinning of exotic fruit lead into an explosive middle palatte burst of unbelievably tart and strong lemony grapefruit and green apple tastes. It would be perhaps TOO astringent were it not for the solid foundation of lactic-acid like, funky cheese flavours that soften the bite and warm the tongue.The finish goes on forever with a lovely spumante acidic dry bite that makes your lips feel like they've been glued to your teeth. "Must... drink... more..." At the very very end you, again, get a hint of barnyard and some light dry toasting oak. This is a full spectrum, every tastebud on board, whole palette experience.

The ne plus ultra de Lambic indeed. Unforgiving, unapologetic, this beer is The One.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was bottled in 2010 and I left it in the cellar until 6-20-16.

L: It pours hazy gold with an orange tint under a ½” off—white to cream colored foam cap that takes 2 minutes to reduce to a thick film. S: Tart, lemony, some light wet horse blanket, hints of yogurt, some herbal notes.

T: Extremely refreshing dry lemony tartness with traces of funk, faint vanilla notes. Has a trace of yogurt-like tartness.

F: Exceptionally creamy texture – airy, very fine soft bubbles

O: An exceptional beer that has grown elegant and refined after six years in the cellar.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best gueuze I've had, with just a prepostersouly awesome nose, evoking tropical fruit, earthy, dusty funk, and a whole host of other aromas I can't even put my finger on. Good and tart but never so much as to stop you from picking up interesting nuances of flavor as you go. This is one for the ages.

(Edit: after another couple bottles, this is clearly in my 5* category -- those rare beers that transcend the style, that ARE the style. I could wax rapturous on the virtues of this beer, but it's not necessary, really. Simply put, it's the embodiment of geuze and something every last beer drinker needs to experience.)

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